According to new sales figures released by market research company CONTEXT, the market for desktop or personal 3D printers increased 22% year-on-year in the 4th quarter of 2015 and rose 33% overall for the year. Meanwhile, sub-$500,000 industrial and professional grade 3D printer sales were down 24% for the quarter and 9% overall for the year. At the same time metal 3D printing applications priced above $500,000 to $2,000,000 remained quite in demand, with the sector seeing a 35% jump in machines sold over last year. Overall CONTEXT is predicting that the total global market for 3D printers, 3D printing materials, 3D printer accessories and 3D printing services to grow from a $4.1 billion industry in 2015 to a $16.2 billion industry by the year 2020. You can see the CONTEXT number in greater detail at